Germans from Russia and Eastern Europe Settlement Locations
Welcome to what may very well be the largest collection of German ancestral settlements with sourced geographical coordinates. These settlements occurred from the latter seventeen to the early nineteen hundreds, initiated then primarily by invitation.
In 1762 Catherine the Great, the Russian Czarina issued her first manifesto inviting foreigners to settle in Russia. When the first manifesto failed, Catherine introduced a second one in 1763, which included many more attractive privileges. It initiated a mass migration over a four year period of at least 25,000 Germans to the Volga River region. This original migration resulted in the establishment of 104 German villages within the Russian Empire.
In 1804, the grandson of Catherine the Great, Czar Alexander I, extended another invitation to settlement in the region of the Black Sea. However his invitation was specifically directed towards people skilled in agriculture and handicrafts. It would appear that German settlers, revered as industrious farmers and tradesmen, were preferred.
To the right for your convenience expand and search (Ctrl + F) the "Germans from Russia and Eastern Europe Settlement Locations" list of 5,776 locations. Then for additional settlement information select from the menu, top right, the settlement region that corresponds to the region of your initial discovery.
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(Updated on 31-July-2018)
In the latter part of life’s journey I had the good fortune of encountering a very generous soul that offered his professionalism for free. I’m speaking of Otto Riehl of Kirchlinteln, Germany who has created this site for all to enjoy!
So at this time I’m extending a very gracious thank you to Otto for his past and ongoing support.
Germans from Russia Settlements.pdf